Florida researchers catch 100 pounds of new turtle species that slash alligators


Pensacola, Fl

  This isn’t your average pet turtle.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC) researchers were examining the traps when they came across a 100-pound male turtle.

FWC says it is collaborating with researchers in Florida and Georgia on the new species discovered in 2014.

According to the researchers, six traps – each measuring four feet in diameter – have been set up in the new river. The New River is a 31-mile long tributary of the Santa Fe River, north of Gainesville.

Along with the 100-pound males, the crew also captured a 46-pound female and a 64-pound man. FWC believes turtles are between 40-80 years old.


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